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Labor commits to Christmas Hills road upgrade

  • Major safety upgrade a priority for Labor
  • Announcement the first of a $60 million roads package
  • Labor reviewing submissions from local government and peak bodies

Labor Leader Rebecca White and Shadow Infrastructure Minister Shane Broad have announced that Labor is committed to upgrading road infrastructure at Christmas Hills on the Bass Highway.

“Labor is pleased to confirm our commitment to provide $60 million of funding over three years to improve road infrastructure across the State,” Ms White said

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Dr Shane Broad is currently reviewing submissions from Local Councils, feedback from members of the community and recommendations from peak bodies such as the RACT, in order to prioritise the best way to allocate the funding Labor has prioritised.

“For a number of years this part of the Bass Highway has been recommended as an area that requires work to improve road safety and reduce crashes and trauma,” Dr Broad said.

“The work at Christmas Hills will specifically involve the installation of a centre holding bay, to allow traffic exiting Christmas Hills and turning right to safely enter Bass Highway, thereby minimising the risk associated with traffic travelling downhill.

“This may also require the installation of traffic islands for clear definition.”

This work would be funded in accordance with the 80:20 funding model well established between the State and Federal Governments.

The Christmas Hills upgrade is estimated to cost between $1-2 million.

Labor will announce further commitments from the Community Roads Package in the lead up to the State Election.